On this day 2018.
Celebrating a year of daily cartoons.
Sometimes we are followers. Sometimes we are leaders. Many times we are following and leading at the same time. And perhaps all of our following and leading is also always a kind of seeking. In the end, we maybe never go seeking completely outside the social context of following and leading. What is something you're seeking this month? Are you following, leading, or both?
Sometimes the best way for us to be around each other is without needing to do much with each other. From accountability working groups to Saturday afternoon lazy time, being around others can be an activity itself. Getting there can be complicated. It may be hard to slow down and to let go of social pressures to interact. But putting ourselves into position might help. Step one: find a nook and hang out in it. Where's a spot you love to be around other people?
Many, many, many times relationships push us, stretch us, and practically force us to grow. What's one way you're growing right now because of a relationship?
Some people say that the word fine is an acronym, and that when people respond to questions about how they're doing with "fine," the word actually stands for fucked up, insecure, neurotic, and evasive. Maybe the word fine means a lot of different things in a lot of different situations — even more things than these other four words describe. Maybe we come together actively in a dance of implied meanings in social contexts in ways that at least in part give us permission in a given moment to more or less avoid certain topics. What is something the word fine has meant for you when connecting with someone else about how you're doing?
The words "we need to talk" can bring up a lot of different thoughts, feelings, and sensations. There may be all kinds of reasons that people need to get together and talk something over. And to some degree past experiences of and imagined hopes for different conversations come with us into each present time conversation. We may really benefit from taking some time to connect with ourselves before we dialogue with others. What's something you do to prepare mentally, emotionally, or physically to have a good conversation with someone?
There are so many factors in the wider environment that conspire to keep us apart and to bring us together. Sometimes this whirling maze of circumstances can feel overwhelming. Other times it can feel like an exciting challenge and maybe even fun. What's something about your week that is getting in the way of you connecting with others? What's something about your week that is leading you into connection?
If it weren't for the people in our lives helping point certain things out to us, there maybe would be a lot more that we could or would miss around us and inside of us. What's something important to you that someone else helped you see?
Some rides are better when we're together. In fact, there may be times when we need each other to have an experience and not have it be a dud of a time. What's an adventure you love to go on that's way better when you go with someone?
Friendship is possibly the bedrock of our social realities. We can build and grow and experience friendship, fellowship, and camaraderie in countless forms, for seemingly endless purposes, and with myriad benefits in mind. What's a benefit of one of your friendships or friendship circles that brings life to you?
We conspire in all kinds of ways to hold onto, share, and relive our stories, to keep each other and our memories in our own lifetimes for our own wellbeing and self-reflections, and to pass ourselves and our consciousness down to next generations. What's one way that you remember yourself or others?
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